MISSOULA – The public is invited to listen as the University of Montana School of Music performs its “Pianissimo!” Concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Old Supreme Court Chamber in Helena.
This is the School of Music’s fourth invitation to perform for legislators, friends and supporters during the biennial sessions.
Although the chamber will be packed, the concert will livestream on the Montana Public Affairs Network (MPAN) at https://bit.ly/2UAaiHT. Viewers engage with the service through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by checking their local listings.
A Missoula original and audience favorite, “Pianissimo!” is a dazzling and high-energy program, which has grown into a much-anticipated signature event of the Celebrate Piano Series. The 2018 performances marked the 11th annual event on campus, with two evening shows plus a special “Poco Pianissimo” for young audiences, all performed by more than 25 pianists playing on five gorgeous Steinway grand pianos in UM’s famed Music Recital Hall.
Established in 2008 as a fundraising event, “Pianissimo!” has allowed the Keyboard Division at UM to thrive. In 2016, the UM Keyboard Society won national recognition for the second time as the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter of the Year. The Missoula Piano Trio won third place nationally in the MTNA Young Artist Chamber Music Competition in San Antonio, and recent graduate Michael Zarling won the 27th annual Frances Walton competition in Seattle, resulting in a concert tour across Washington. In 2018, UM’s Keyboard Society Chapter was selected to present a “Poster Session” on piano pedagogy at the MTNA National Conference in Orlando, Florida.
The Keyboard Fund also has helped purchase pianos and new benches for the School of Music and installed sound panels in the piano practice rooms to improve acoustics.
For more information on the concert, call Steven Hesla, UM School of Music keyboard area chair, at 406-241-6006 or email HeslaSK@mso.umt.edu.